Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson, left, reaches for a loose ball with Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (as Al Horford watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Atlanta. Atlanta won 103-88. (AP Photo/Brett Davis)

Eastern Conference Playoff Picture: Pacers win eliminates three teams

With one win - a Pacers victory over the Rockets Sunday - the inevitable occurred. The Magic, Bucks and Knicks were all eliminated from the playoffs, joining the Nets and 76ers. That leaves eight teams battling for the final six spots behind the already-clinched Cavaliers and Raptors.

The Wizards won at the Lakers Sunday to keep their hopes alive, moving them 2-1/2 games behind the Pistons for the eighth and final playoff spot. They also prevented the Hawks from clinching a berth with a win over the Bulls Monday. The Hawks’ magic number remains two but they’ll have to wait a little longer for their ninth straight postseason.

In addition to the Hawks at Bulls, other key games in the Eastern Conference playoff race Monday are the Nets at Heat, Thunder at Raptors and Celtics at Clippers.

Here’s a look at the playoff picture in the East:

Rk

 

 

Team

 

 

W-L

 

 

Pct.

 

 

Div.

 

 

Conf.

 

 

Home

 

 

Away

 

 

GB

 

 

>=.500 (H/A)

 

 

<=.500 (H/A)
1

 

 

Cleveland-x

 

 

52-21

 

 

.712

 

 

7-5

 

 

30-14

 

 

30-6

 

 

22-15

 

 

-

 

 

6 (3/3)

 

 

3 (2/1)

 

 

2

 

 

Toronto-x

 

 

49-23

 

 

.681

 

 

11-2

 

 

33-12

 

 

28-8

 

 

21-15

 

 

2.5

 

 

7 (4/3)

 

 

3 (1/2)

 

 

3

 

 

Atlanta

 

 

44-30

 

 

.595

 

 

8-7

 

 

26-19

 

 

24-13

 

 

20-17

 

 

8.5

 

 

6 (3/3)

 

 

2 (1/1)

 

 

4

 

 

Boston

 

 

43-30

 

 

.589

 

 

10-6

 

 

29-19

 

 

25-12

 

 

18-18

 

 

9

 

 

6 (2/4)

 

 

3 (2/1)

 

 

5

 

 

Miami

 

 

42-30

 

 

.583

 

 

9-5

 

 

26-19

 

 

24-13

 

 

18-17

 

 

9.5

 

 

5 (2/3)

 

 

5 (2/3)

 

 

6

 

 

Charlotte

 

 

42-31

 

 

.575

 

 

7-7

 

 

27-16

 

 

27-11

 

 

15-20

 

 

10

 

 

3 (0/3)

 

 

6 (3/3)

 

 

7

 

 

Indiana

 

 

39-34

 

 

.534

 

 

6-7

 

 

24-19

 

 

23-13

 

 

16-21

 

 

13

 

 

3 (2/1)

 

 

6 (3/3)

 

 

8

 

 

Detroit

 

 

39-35

 

 

.527

 

 

8-6

 

 

25-21

 

 

24-13

 

 

15-22

 

 

13.5

 

 

5 (2/3)

 

 

3 (2/1)

 

 

9

 

 

Chicago

 

 

36-36

 

 

.500

 

 

7-5

 

 

21-24

 

 

24-13

 

 

12-23

 

 

15.5

 

 

6 (3/3)

 

 

4 (1/3)

 

 

10

 

 

Washington

 

 

36-37

 

 

.493

 

 

8-6

 

 

26-21

 

 

19-19

 

 

17-18

 

 

16

 

 

5 (2/3)

 

 

4 (1/3)

 

 

11

 

 

Orlando*

 

 

30-43

 

 

.411

 

 

3-10

 

 

17-27

 

 

19-17

 

 

11-26

 

 

22

 

 

6 (3/3)

 

 

3 (2/1)

 

 

12

 

 

Milwaukee*

 

 

30-44

 

 

.405

 

 

4-9

 

 

19-26

 

 

21-15

 

 

9-29

 

 

22.5

 

 

4 (3/1)

 

 

4 (2/2)

 

 

13

 

 

New York*

 

 

30-44

 

 

.405

 

 

6-7

 

 

19-27

 

 

17-20

 

 

13-24

 

 

22.5

 

 

4 (3/1)

 

 

4 (1/3)

 

 

14

 

 

Brooklyn*

 

 

21-51

 

 

.292

 

 

6-8

 

 

12-31

 

 

14-24

 

 

7-27

 

 

30.5

 

 

5 (1/4)

 

 

5 (2/3)

 

 

15

 

 

Philadelphia*

 

 

9-65

 

 

.122

 

 

2-12

 

 

3-42

 

 

6-30

 

 

3-35

 

 

43.5

 

 

5 (2/3)

 

 

3 (3/0)

 

 

x - Clinched playoff berth

* - Eliminated from playoffs

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